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are retired now? caller: yes. host: steve in phoenix, kind of business do you have? caller: i have a trucking company. we move products locally in the state of arizona. the fiscalw how cliff is going to affect me personally. since we cannot produce things, any company that is affected negatively, that will affect us negatively. withn't really do anything any government entities. directly speaking, i don't think it will really affect our customers, because they don't really do the kind of stuff that works with the government. they do the kind of stuff with businesses, manufacturers. the stuff that we carry does not have much to do with defense. a certain group of people say that we need to have cuts. then when the cuts there them in the face, they say not those cuts. that's the real problem. e their owns to gordon ac ox. host: scott is looking to start a business. in "politico" is this article this morning -- in "usa today" -- doc in baton rouge, louisiana, good morning it. caller: i have my own insurance agency. host: talk to us about the fiscal cliff. caller: i am kind of concerned about it.
of incidents. host: ok. caller: which is what you saw on the tape right there. look at steve winn, a gentleman defamed him and said that he was going to kill this person. steve winn was going to kill this person. now steve francis, please, drugs kill people. host: all right. dre, this is the "washington journal." she writes -- host: carol in minneapolis, minnesota. what's the role of the federal government or the state of minnesota? caller: well, i feel that the state and the federal government need to have a hand in what's going on with mental health because i see people every day in the streets of minneapolis walking the streets of minneapolis and they're mentally ill. they're talking to themselves about things and nobody's listening and nobody's seeing these things, but i for one, am, and until something is done, then the unmanageable -- unimaginable will happen and that was the unimaginable that happened the other day. host: ok. ray, rockwood, tennessee, independent caller. go ahead, ray. caller: i have got a question that nobody has ever said on tv i would like to have an answer. i want t
have. how're you doing, steve? there are things happening in this country, and they are not being addressed. people are calling for blood in the streets. every time they get together, hate crimes against black people. the black caucus not standing up to them. al sharpton is not standing up to them. the trouble in plaque -- in packs like rabid dogs. what ever they are, they defecate on police cars and all of that. we do not have that in the south. we also have multiple weapons. if you do away with them, the progressives will turn them loose in the streets. >> thank you for the call from georgia. juanita from michigan. caller: i am so glad that the conversation is opening up to a broader area than just guns. this is not the first time this tragedy has happened. the entertainment and mental health, those areas, they are being explored. one that i think is kind of weary -- kind of a directly related to it, that explains this act -- this epidemic, that we are seeing in terms of violence, it is possibly related to the drugs that we take. the commercials on television in -- it is so disc
, ma'am. that is a real legitimate thing to look at, i think. host: this is a written in -- host: steve is an independent caller in indianapolis. good morning, steve. caller: my comment is that in israel they have an-16's at the school's." and the solution should be, i believe, that we need to actually gunned down these terrorists. we have done a free school zones 1,000 feet from most communities. we spend billions at the airport for security and around the world we have tried to police the world. we cannot put officers in the schools or allow teachers to carry guns in most districts. there is one district in texas that allows teachers to be armed. but i think we need to stop providing these people to our schools. we need to start putting these terrorists in body bags. host: you would like to see more liberal policies in terms of carrying guns into places like schools? caller: absolutely. the gunmen would never go to a police station. the gunmen would never go to an airport if he knew that he would be confronted with stiff resistance. the department of justice did a study, their number
not even have a democracy here. host: a viewer on twitter says -- steve in florida, an independent caller. caller: good morning. how are you doing? any other way be anre there will agreement. i watched tom yesterday on c- span2. if any family brand their house all the way the u.s. government ran there's, if we could not print money, we would be in a very bad way. i just think we need to get this deficit under control. those two wars that we have not paid for need to be paid for. you know, it has to be done. if going off the fiscal cliff means that it will be done, so be it. host: other groups are weighing in on these fiscal cliff talks. here is "the new york times" -- in the "financial times" this morning -- roger altman writing today in "the financial times." president obama will be meeting with several governors today at the white house to talk about the fiscal cliff. they will be meeting this morning around 10:00 a.m. eastern time, and then the governors are slated to hold a news conference at around 11:30 a.m. eastern time. go to our website for more details. washington insiders tack
and groups. steve in maine on our line for independents. caller: i agree with susan a couple of calls back as far as weapons systems. the previous tweets talking about the pizza party. i would make it even bigger. i would make its government assistance for those weapons systems that are decided upon that are used. guest: thank you sarb-ox -- so much for your call. we all need a pizza party. there are a lot of inefficiencies going on. there are a lot of areas that could be cut. there are some representatives on the hill that are in favor of doing some more of that cutting. thank you for the discussion. host: our last call for juana summers comes from lincoln, georgia on our line for republicans. caller: what is more important, our soldiers, defense of our country, or protecting our country, or our congressmen wasting money. think of all the fuel come all the stuff that is wasted. what is more important? our country to be protected or them? guest: thank you so much for your call. no one is arguing that there is waste and inefficiency in government. i not think anyone is suggesting that there
of late senator inouye. this morning's paper. back to your phone calls here. steve in indiana. democratic caller. caller: religion should have nothing to do with politics. if religion -- if you let religion in, then you are going to end up like iran or afghanistan. look at what happens in them countries. they tell you what you can believe and stuff, and that is not the way things should be. host: pensacola, florida. republican caller. caller: in response to an earlier caller about thomas jefferson being a secularist -- he actually was a declared christian. he believed in christian principles. and most of his politics were used in an 1892 court decision, supreme court decision that says 9-0 that this country was founded on christian principles. it didn't mean that it was freedom from religion. it was freedom of religion. we are a christian country. we are not like, as the last caller says, the failed governments of iran and iraq because our religion. those are terrorist religions. ours is based on the love and piece of jesus christ. host: markets from pensacolam fromarcus from pensacola. r
on the discussion and response by the n.r.a. this is steve from covington, georgia on our line for independents. steve, you're on the "washington journal." caller: good morning. i'd like to say to your last caller. i've got two little girls. they are twins, 7 years old. they came running in here crying and i got up to see what they were watching, and they were calling for blood in the streets. the union was calling for blood in the streets up there, and it scared them to death. they said daddy, are they going to kill us? i said, no, i don't think. so if we're going to have to limit our clitches to 10 bullets, the union is going to have to limit their members to 10 people, because they get on jeeps and yelling stuff, and it's scaring people to death. host: jerry? caller: i'm not a gun owner but i'm also not anti-gun. i do shoot rec creational like when i visit my friends and stuff, but i think it's ridiculous that we cannot come to a consensus in this country that these things are dangerous. like, it's not about democrat or republican. if anybody shouldn't agree that we shouldn't have semi autom
hope 2013 is a good one. host: let's hear from steve. you are on the democrat's lead. caller: i would like to say merry christmas to you and to all the united states of america. i am actually very pessimistic about a deal being struck. when you look at the republican party and their entire congress who comes out with a statement that this country does not have a revenue problem, it is just an outright lie. if you look at the facts, 32% of our manufacturing base has been gutted and sold to china, india, any foreign country that has cheap labor. the top patriotic american companies are parking their profits and offshore accounts so they do not have to pay a fair share of their taxes. the bottom line is since the late '70s, the wealthiest 2% in this country are making 25 times their wealth that they made a black -- back then. there are only paying 40% more in taxes. this country is doomed if we do not start putting terrace of the imports coming into this country. the republican party is selling you an outright lie. thank you. host: let's show you a facebook posting. the economist and pro
when he got successful he moves all his company over to china, giving chinese people jobs. if steve jobs was born in china he wouldn't even have a garage therefore he wouldn't be able to create the apple computer. so i just think we just don't do enough for the people of this country. and the people who are in position to create jobs and do this do not reinvest in the country. therefore i don't think they should get tax breaks. if you want to give these corporate giants tax breaks then give it to those who want to invest in the country, who want to create jobs here, not overcease, and they think try to think of ways to get their money over there into here lower than say the american businessman paying 35%. guest: i mean, i understand your frustration. i think part of it is that the corporate tax code is a mess. we clearly need to fix it in a way that a lot of the politicians talk about fixing it in a revenue neutral way which doesn't add anything to the deficit discussion. it doesn't help make lowering future deficits any easier. so there are some things we need to change about the
morning, america and steve. this is a great time to be an american. i think we are all looking forward to the new year. i am a loyal but nervous. -- i am a little bit nervous. mitch mcconnell is the key. he can take the president over into the presidency and a came a great man. we need to make sure we let mr. mcconnell know that history is there. i know he has a lot of issues. everyone bacchant e-mail, text -- everyone can e-mail and text and let mr. mcconnell n know. the tea party is off the rail. this will make this country take off. i hope mr. mcconnell sees this. everyone out there, the game has been played. host: thank you for the call. harry is joining us from pittsburgh. caller: this whole thing is ridiculous. i started paying social security and 14. i have quite a bit of money in there. i have made my own way. record, the past money they are asking for, that is mostly white people making that money. they should call it what it is. that is still whitey's money. i wish i was as smart as it then people. a lot of people have called then and have not worked hard. everybody wants the
from florida. good morning. caller: good morning, steve. i love your show. most of my education has come from the "washington journal." host: thanks, linda. caller: i am a health care provider and we do not need a doc fix. there are multiple health care providers in the united states. the ama lobby is the biggest lobby entity that is out there. they don't want nurse practitioners, a physician assistants, and others in the field to be able to have a seat at the table with providing health care. every patient does not need to see a doctor. our system is greedy. our medicare system is so bad now because of physicians who do not want to share or who see themselves as the sole entity. there is so much overcharging from medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies. their need to be something done. what happened to physicians making a meager same day living as their fellow man? this nation is -- we are just fallen apart from greek. nobody wants anyone else to have more than what they have been then we need to be looking out for our neighbors. host: will. the curve of health care costs? c
's spokesperson issued the statement last night. next is joe from iowa. caller: good morning. steve, hello. yes, i was just wondering, i think what it all boils down to -- was talking about this for a second. the republicans are the koch brothers' henchmen. there are looking out for themselves. that is what they cannot raise the money on the riches. the coke brothers -- koch brothers is the issue. caller: my first comment would be, how far do the left do you have to be to think that c-span is right wing? i own several assault weapons. the m-13 is a 10.08 and ted kennedy's car has killed more people that my gun. for any of these people who voted for obama read "drams of my father?" when you break it, you can fix it. these democrats think all you have to do is tax the rich, the rich have to make payroll, pay insurance -- the money has to come from somewhere. there will be laying people off. these people that call in and think the republicans are so stupid -- how about george soros who gives millions upon millions to the left? host: ok. thank you for the call. from "the wall street journal." that is
is on the independent line from colorado. caller: good morning, steve. i listened to it the myopic dogma in this segment over and over. the only people i can blame on this are the american people. the people who sit here and listen to these guys that are extremists and and they vote him into office -- them into office. i hear people say let's get rid of epa. if you look at how much epa takes out of our budget, that's like worrying about nothing gary people need to turn off the tv and start studying more. crack some books. look at economic spirit trickle- down economics does not work. name a country where it has worked? maybe estonia. but it's not working incr greece. i heard a great saying that says when time gets tough, everyone is a keynesian. turn off the tv. not c-span of course. but turn off the news channels that are just cramming this stuff, and get involved in this before you formulate an opinion. i think we would be voted into office smarter, better people that are not tea party extremists. how about if on the democratic side grover norquist had said never cut any spending? i'm going to sign a
a short show because the house is coming in at 9:00. steve in gaithersburg, maryland, a republican caller. caller: host: when did the republican party become the party that restricts poor? i understand the tax cut for the rich is important to some people, but i feel the good thing would be unlimited in of government at the federal level. that has nothing to do with this. that would be more on the spending cuts. host: what do you make of the back a plan being reported by the new york times saying if we cannot come to some sort of deal, we should just passed tax cuts for the middle class americans and then fight later on for spending cuts and increasing taxes for the wealthy? caller: the tax cut for the general population is great. that would be good for stimulating the economy. but the big thing is hit there needs to be a balanced plan. we need more revenue and we need less spending at the federal level. what is good for california is not good for virginia and what's good for virginia is not good for maryland. maybe we need to focus on reducing the federal government overview. been there w
received. bill says -- and biff -- and steve says -- and finally, jim says -- robert, north carolina, the republican line. caller: after this term of four years with the democrats, i don't think she has a chance. i am a business owner. four more years of this, i will be out of business. host: what kind of business do you have? caller: bulldozer's. host: how has business been over the last couple of years? caller: bad. i am barely staying in business. i do not know what to look forward to. i can hardly stay in business. the democrats in this country i think is wanting to kill us. business people, i cannot stand much more of it. host: robert on the republican line. linda is in texas. caller: i am just thrilled with the idea then. the only thing i would be more thrilled about is obama for a third term. host: but that is not constitutional. caller: a good president with a good philosophy for this country. what the role of government is, he is the right person at the right time to get this country hope and unity once again. that man who just got off the phone does not even realize he is v
, louisiana. caller: good morning, steve and mona. it's time to stop carrying the water for the white house. with the rebels in damascus, isn't it too late? if you try chemical weapons in his own city, it's going to be worse for him, don't you think? host: is referring to a story that is on politico.com in what a lot of reporters are talking about the inauguration. guest: it's important to underscore the likelihood of assaad using chemical weapons may be quite low because it would, in fact, essentially be a suicide mission given the response it would detract from the international community. that being said, given the arsenal he has a and concerns about chaos in the country, it is a contingency that needs to be planned for. that is why i think we are seeing what we are. president obama's statement, and others after him, were motivated by u.s. intelligence reporting that suggested there was movement and potentially the mixing of precursors of some of these chemical weapons on site. there is concern about what could be happening and whether what they could be preparing. host: off of twitter.
be along the strip. host: all right, steve, haymarket, virginia. caller: i used to make $3.5 million per year in gross and it usually only cost me $3.6 million to do it. i paid over $1 million per year in 20 years. you know what happened? i got put out of business by the irs. i do not think people understand what riches. by the way, i kept 35 families supplied with money, health care, and everything. in gratitude, the government put me out of business. the fiscal cliff is something that we need to go over, that way we can enhance our military to special forces and get us some better weaponry. lose the people who are vacationing in all of these foreign countries, limiting the military to doing what it absolutely has to do. host: you are probably the fourth person here who has said we should go over the cliff. the headline from november in "the financial times" was that the fall in consumption would be $200 billion if we go over the cliff. that the u.s. consumer is crucial to growth, they went on to say, because it made up 70% of gdp. some are predicting a recession, a downgrade of our rat
a drop in the ocean. host: steve in massachusetts, democratic caller. caller: the home and that was just talking, i disagree with her as far as a drop in the bucket, when you look at curbing government pay. when you guys talk about the areas that get cut, the military spending, discretionary spending, and entitlements, what i want to hear in addition to that is government waste and fraud. when you talk about entitlements, you hear a lot of people argue about public waste and fraud. government waste and fraud, i think the later referred to it as instances. the gsa had a great deal of money being improperly spent. senator tom coburn has talked about redundancy in programs, senators and congressmen not looking back to see if there is a matrix in place and to see if they're actually working so that nonperforming programs -- host: let's get a response, because we're running out of time. guest: once again, i cannot emphasize enough that i am very much in favor of eliminating fraud and waste and inefficiency. it is hard to do. i don't agree with you that we are not doing it already. and i don't
in the economics. it's a really good book. host: i will get the book from steve. thank you for that. guest: when you were talking about obamacare, and you need not to read the press releases that obama puts out about what it is supposed to do. you need to actually look at the tax increases in it, the regulations in it. the next 4 years will be very ugly when it comes to economics. all the ugly parts of obamacare that he did not want you to focus on, those take place over the next four years. the things that he thought people would appreciate, those have happened already. those are the ones they spoke about before the election. we are now seeing the tax increases. this is not going to be free. there are massive tax increases that i just talked about such as medical devices. they are raising taxes on six people. average income of $53,000 a year, they would get hit by a tax increase on people with high medical bills. atr.org has the right up on it appeared there are five obamacare taxes that will hit january 1. that is the real permanent non- moving fiscal cliff bridge abutment that we will run int
am still cooking. >> steve ford and other first children on growing up in the white house, part of a point guard days on american history tv, right through christmas day, on c-span3. [video clip] >> i don't want to spoil the book for you, so let me just say that the year began with the american republic in grave danger. the union armies were struggling to grow virtually overnight from a few thousand men scattered across t scattered continentso more than half a million. the inexperienced officers taking command of these raw volunteers and they were stymied by the sheer size of the breakaway confederate states of america, which covered a stake larger than the entire european territory conquered by napoleon. closest advisers was secretary of state william henry stewart. he said that even smart people fail to see the difficulty it of the union's task. they did not apprehend the vast extent of the rebellion. military operation to be successful, it must be on a scale practically unknown in the art of war. >> ace train the federal government and the union forces. this is on 1862 and ab
the truth from the man. host: steve from arizona. caller: my hero is my congressman, ron barber. as your viewers might know, ron was shot in an act of political violence a couple of years ago. he went on to run and provided our district a meaningful choice for republicans to make away from extremism. host: how did you first know of mr. barber? caller: he first came to my attention during the coverage of the shooting of gabrielle giffords. host: was that instance and the aftermath that set him up as a political hero, in your mind? caller: going through that process of being shot and then coming back and having to run two very difficult campaigns with some much money pouring in against him in a vitriolic circumstance. host: what are about his positions that stand for you and you are drawn to? caller: i am a liberal democrat and i agree with all his positions including those on gun control. it is not his positions that making a hero. he was willing to go through two more extremely difficult campaigns. we have a deeply divided district. he is -- host: apologies to him. gene from topeka, kans
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